Colliders has compiled a ranking of 10 sci-fi films with vampire protagonists to watch before “Morbius” directed by Daniel Espinosa with Jared Leto.
Vampires before Morbius
Vampires usually star in horror films, sometimes they break into comedies or romances, less often a vampire is dealt with in the sci-fi genre. Here are the ten sci-fi films with vampire protagonists to see before “Morbius”.
1 – Blade (1998)
In the world of comics, Blade, whose real name is Eric Brooks, is a very popular character but does not have a precise place among superheroes. That’s why his huge cinematic success came as a big win, and this Dhampir is very original as he uses his special talents to fight against the evil vampires of the world.
Three films have been made with Blade as the protagonist and, in 2006, a TV series, but certainly the 1998 film is an excellent precursor to see.
2 – Space Vampires (1985)
Most horror fans are familiar with director Tobe Hooper’s work, yet this bizarre sci-fi outing remains more or less a hidden gem. In “Space Vampires” the crew of a spaceship encounter what appear to be trapped humans, but once taken to London it turns out that they are vampires, who while not sucking blood, emit deadly rays, which reduce people to state of mummies, they suck life energy from earthlings, turning the victims into walking corpses, hungry and furious.
3 – Underworld (2003)
That of “Underworld” could be considered the franchise science fiction on vampires of all, which started in 2003 with the first film, not particularly appreciated by critics, but very much by the public, has generated three sequels and a prequel (“Underworld: Evolution” in 2006, “Underworld – The awakening” in 2012, “Underworld: Blood Wars” in 2017, and the prequel “Underworld: Rise of the Lycans” in 2009). Like “Blade,” it can be considered a sci-fi action film revolving around its stoic vampire protagonist, in this case a woman, played by Kate Beckinsale.
4 – Daybreakers (2009)
For its star-studded cast, gripping action, good box office returns, and great premise, “Daybreakers” remains an underrated great work in the sci-fi horror vein. The film is set in a world where an infected bat has spread a plague among humanity that has turned most people on earth into vampires. A man named Elvis claims he has a cure to save the human race.
While a scientist works to create synthetic blood to satiate the world’s many undernourished vampires, the remaining humans are harvested into factories to keep the vampires alive. All of this ends more optimistic than one might think, but the general sense of unease that the film plays up is not to be missed.
5 – I Am Legend (2007)
“I Am Legend” directed by Francis Lawrence with Will Smith is the third feature film based on the novel by Richard Matheson. Disturbed by the romantic image of vampires, the writer reimagined them in a way much closer to zombies.
Combining the elements of sci-fi and horror with all-out action, “I Am Legend” stars the charismatic Will Smith as a man immune to the virus, racing against time to find a cure.
6 – Queen of Blood (1966)
Imagining a world where space travel is the norm, scientists receive attempts at contact from an alien species that turn into distress signals when their ship crashes on Mars. When a crew goes to investigate and offers help, they find a single green-skinned woman with hypnotic eyes whom they welcome into their spaceship. The alien, however, is a kind of vampire who bleeds men by hitting them while they sleep and using the weapons of hypnosis seduction.
7 – Thirst (2009)
“Thirst” produced and directed by Park Chan-wook and awarded the Grand Jury Prize at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival, follows a Catholic priest named Sang-hyun who volunteers to take part in an experiment which causes seriously ill. His life is saved by a blood transfusion, however turning him into a vampire. The man begins an illicit affair with his childhood friend’s wife as he struggles with a sudden… thirst.
This film is full of surprising twists and first-rate characterization and the sci-fi elements of this story will be very familiar to fans of our own Michael Morbius, who struggles with his vampiric tendencies.
8 – The last man on earth (1964)
Before 2007’s “I Am Legend,” there were other attempts to bring the world of vampires post-apocalyptic works by Matheson, including “1975: White Eyes on Planet Earth” (1971) and “The Last Man on Earth”. Starring the great Vincent Price and directed by Ubaldo Ragona or, as indicated in the American version, by Sidney Salkow, this film was partly written by Matheson, although his name was eventually changed in the credits due to the general dissatisfaction with the film. Still, there’s still a lot to love about this black-and-white film that shows a world overrun by the undead, where the protagonist is left alone after burying his wife, son and beloved dog.
9 – Miriam wakes up at midnight (1983)
“Miriam wakes up at midnight” Tony Scott’s directorial debut is a cult that owes its fortune to its gothic aesthetic and to the protagonists played by David Bowie, Susan Sarandon and Catherine Deneuve. Topping it all off is also a tragic love story and a performance by the band Bauhaus.
At the center of the story we find the vampire Miriam who is forced to change her partner every two, three centuries as this – turned into a vampire – loses her youth and ends up in a kind of lethargy.
Doctor Sarah Roberts (a key character in attributing the science fiction element to the film due to her studies on chimpanses), intrigued by the case of John, Miriam’s last husband, decides to visit him. Miriam falls in love with the woman and transforms her into a vampire, starting a new cycle in which everything repeats itself.
10 – Terror in Space (1965)
Our own Mario Bava has applied his dreamy and particular aesthetic sensibility to numerous science fiction and fantasy films, including “Terror in Space”.
Receiving a distress signal, a ship’s crew attempts to land on the unexplored planet of Aura. Before they even land, the thick fog and mist seem to possess the men and imbue them with a murderous rage. While they are able to overcome this and land safely, it quickly becomes clear that the call for help was just a trap.